Published in the October 6, 2017 edition

MELROSE — Gary Ingersoll Sr., beloved father, brother, grandfather, and friend to many, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 26. 

He was a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War Veteran.  Gary was a retired dispatcher from the MBTA where he worked from 1967 until 1994, and post retirement worked at the Fruit Center in Milton, from 1994 until present, a job he loved, as a handyman/maintenance man. He forged long term friendships and relationships with many of his co-workers and looked forward to going to work. A constant tinkerer, Gary was always doing something, be it improving his camp, working on his house, helping friends and family with projects, or cooking new and challenging recipes.

Gary enjoyed spending time with his beloved dog Remy and many friends at the Wild Acres Campground in Old Orchard Beach Maine. All who knew him came to love him for his generosity, spirit, compassion and camaraderie.

Gary was the widower of the late Cheryl Ingersoll to whom he was married for 28 years. He was the loving father of and survived by Gary G. Ingersoll Jr. and his wife Jodie of Hudson, New Hampshire, Erik C. Ingersoll and his wife Kerrie of Haverhill, Laurie Hillson and her husband Bob of Andover, John Cottam and David Cottam and his wife Sonya all of Saugus.  Beloved brother of Dennis Ingersoll and his wife Diane of Lynn and Paul “Skip” Ingersoll and his wife Sheila of Colorado.  Also survived by numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and his beloved companion and dog Remy.

Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Monday, October 2 and was followed by a Funeral Service at the Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 3. Interment at Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield. U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War Veteran.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Gary’s name to all the animals affected by the recent storms to the M.S.P.C.A. Animal Care and Adoption Center, 350 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or @ To send a message of condolence please visit